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Helen Derry

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Sills & Betteridge LLP

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Helen is a partner specialising in all aspects of family law for private clients including divorce, property issues, maintenance, pre and post nuptial agreements, cohabitee disputes and private children case. With over 20 years experience she has acted for many husbands and wives in divorce proceedings often involving significant pension (including Police, Ministry of Defence, company and NHS), business and farming assets. Helen appears in court on a regular basis. Helen trained as a mediator in 1999 and as a collaborative lawyer in 2007. This enables her to offer a full range of services depending on the wishes and needs of each individual client whether they require strong and tenacious representation at court or a skilled negotiator. Helen was responsible for successfully bidding against a number of national organisations for the DWP funded Moving Forward project which provided help and support for separating families. Helen thereafter designed with a leading psychologist a programme which supported over 2500 people.


Trained Sills & Betteridge LLP; qualified 1994, trained as a mediator in 1999 and as a collaborative lawyer in 2007


Resolution; Law Society.


Business Law Degree (1990 LLB 2.1 (Hons)).


Travel & walking, an active family life and socialising with friends.

East Midlands: Private client


Within: Family

The ‘organised, efficient and proactive’ team at Sills & Betteridge LLP stands out from competing firms through its strong focus on emergency injunction work and offers a vast array of divorce and childcare experience, including specialist expertise in forced marriage and honour-based violence, international child abducation, domestic violence and private children law. Mediator and practice head John Mitchell, Helen Derry, ‘extremely capable advocate’ Chrystal Theofanous, the ‘fiercely effective’ Mo Hayes, and associate Victoria Rowson are among the key practitioners. Recent highlights include representing a mother in an international child abducation instruction after she had fled with her two children from Hungary to the United Kingdom to escape abuse from the father, involving a psychological assessment of the children and High Court proceedings.

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